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Many homeowners are looking to upgrade their baths or kitchens to add value to their home at sale time.  But what should you really include in a bathroom upgrade to get a great return on your investment?  If you're considering a bathroom remodel, make sure you make the most of your remodel and recoup your costs with these tips:

  1. New tiling.  An easy and inexpensive update to truly change the whole look of your room! Tile comes in a variety of styles and colors, giving your many options for your bath.
  2. Vanity Upgrades.  Vanities have come a long way in the past several years.  Once you’ve decided on the look & color for your bathroom, research all the options for your vanity.  Do you want one or two sinks? Looking for a modern or farmhouse feel? What color would accent your wall and tile color? Will you use regular basins or above counter bowls?
  3. Storage.  One thing missing from many bathrooms is adequate storage.  This has a terrific return on investment as most home buyers love the idea of beautiful and efficient storage options; whether they are tucked into an otherwise wasted space, or encompass a full linen closet.  Work with the options best suited for the space you have.  We love using baskets on shelves for design, storage and efficiency.
  4. A touch of luxury.  Everyone wants to feel like they’ve entered a ‘spa’ when they're in their bathroom, so pay attention to luxurious extras that aren’t too lavish.  Think a jacuzzi tub, heated towel warmers, soft lighting and cozy accents.

Do you need some assistance with upgrades that will bring value to your home? Contact The Domis Team!

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What are the Top Whittier CA Schools?

by The Domis Team

As we embark on a new school year beginning, we wanted you to get acquainted with the Top Rated Whittier Schools.  When home buying, schools rank higher in order of importance than many other home and neighborhood amenities.  

If you're looking for a new Whittier area home and have a family, here are the schools rated TOP!

Murphey Ranch Elementary School- A/A- rating for teachers and academics!  Serving 559 students in grades K-5, with a student-teacher ratio of 27:1.  Search all homes for sale in the Murphey Ranch Elementary School Neighborhood.

Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School- Rancho-Starbuck is an above average middle school, serving 808 students in grades 7-8  Student-teacher ratio is 28:1.  Search all homes for sale in the Rancho-Starbuck neighborhood.

La Habra High School- La Habra High School is a highly rated school in the Whittier School District! With 2,212 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 30:1. This school is a 2018 Honor Roll Award winner!   Search all homes for sale in the La Habra High School area.

La Serna High School- Receiving an overall grade of A, this Whittier area public, magnate school with 2,838 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28:1. Search all homes for sale in the La Serna High School area

California High School- Another 'above average' public magnate school located in Whittier CA.  The school serves 2,819 students in grades 9 - 12, with a student-teacher ratio of 29:1.  Search all homes for sale in the California High School area. 

Have more questions about the Whittier Area School Districts?  Give our team a call!  We'll help you find the perfect home for you and your family in the school of your choice!.

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Why it's important to know your Mortgage Rate

by The Domis Team

Do you know your mortgage rate?  This may sound simple, but almost 3 of every 10 mortgage holders don’t have the answer!  Here is why you need to evaluate your rate now:

Interest Rates are on the rise

Interest rates will continue to rise, so this could be your last chance to lock in a low rate for years to come. The average 30-year fixed rate is now at 4.70%, up from 4.13% one year ago. This is a $119 increase monthly from the 4.13% rate and a $1,428 increase annually!

Do you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)? If so, you need to contact your lender immediately and lock in your interest rates at one of the low rates offered now.

Have you considered a refinance?

Many individuals don’t realize that when you refinance your home you’re actually paying off your first mortgage in full and receive a new one. This means you are starting at square one and can get a new rate and new terms.  You have the option of the following refinancing:

  • Lock in an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)
  • Get a cash-out mortgage to use the equity in your home.
  • Pay money into your mortgage to get a lower loan amount.
  • Should you refinance?  Here are things you need to consider: 
  • How much do you owe?
  • What is the appraised value of your home?
  • Do you have a good credit score? 
  • Debt to income ratio at this time?  

Why would you take the cash-out option?  When individuals choose for the cash-out option they are using the money for a very specific purpose.  Here are a few examples:

  • Pay off high-interest consumer debt
  • Do a home remodel or update
  • Send a child to college
  • Invest in other property

What costs could be incurred in refinancing your Whittier area home? It's important to understand that refinancing fees vary by state and lender, so it's important to work with a mortgage lender directly in determining your actual costs.  The following items could possibly incur additional costs in a refinancing situation:

  • Application Fee
  • Loan Origination Fee
  • Points on the Loan
  • Appraisal Fee
  • Title/Insurance Search
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Home Inspection
  • Surveys
  • Attorney costs

Although it may be possible to roll many of these items into your new mortgage, you need to check with your mortgage lender for specifics.

 

Have more questions on home buying or refinancing?  Contact us at 562-884-5373 today.

Cool off this Summer in Beautiful La Mirada!

by The Domis Team

Stay cool during the California summer at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center!  Located at 13806 La Mirada Boulevard in the beautiful community of La Mirada, California, this incredible community facility offers 18 acres of water fun! It features a 25 meter pool and 50 meter pool that are open year round. During the summer, Buccaneer Bay opens up, offering water slides, play areas, lazy river, and so much more. The facility offers open swim times and swimming lessons. Beyond enjoying the regular aquatic activities at Splash! check out the fun special events that are being offered all summer long that your whole family will enjoy!

 

Have fun with other La Mirada families during Family Friday Nights at Buccaneer Bay! These special evenings are held on Friday evenings now through August 10th. The park will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. General admission is $16.95 and is FREE for season pass holders.

 

Catch a flick during Swim-In-Movie Nights! On Sunday nights from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, you and your family can watch one of your favorite films while floating in the pool or lounging on the deck! Admission is $9 to watch in the pool and $6 to watch on the deck. Season pass holders will receive free popcorn during these events. Mark your calendars for these upcoming films:

July 22nd | Coco

August 12th | Ninjago

September 2nd | Moana

 

Sleep at the pool for Splash! Camp! Set up your tent and enjoy the night at Buccaneer Bay with your family and friends on Friday, August 10th, through Saturday, August 11th. Dinner and breakfast will be served. General admission is $36 (over 48”) and juniors/seniors admission is $29 (under 48”/ages 60+). Season pass holders receive $5 off these prices.

Splash! is just one of the incredible community facilities that make La Mirada such a great place for families! Interested in Buying your dream home in this family friendly city? Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at www.whittierhomes.com/ so we can help make your dreams a reality!  

 

Image Credit: Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 OC Fair!

by The Domis Team

Mark your calendars! The 2018 OC Fair is just a week away!!! Head down to the OC Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa) Friday, July 13th, through Sunday, August 12th, for the ultimate celebration of Orange County living.  The whole family will love the fair! Show off your adventurous side on the Carnival Rides. Cheer on the participants in the Competitions & Contests. Fill your belly with your favorite fair Food. Explore all the incredible local talent on display at the Exhibits. Check out all the incredible Free Entertainment. Find unique items to purchase in the numerous Shopping areas. Get your adrenaline fix at the Action Sports Arena with motocross, monster trucks, rodeos, demolition derbies, and other heart pounding events daily. And finally, do not miss spectacular live performances by your favorite national recording artists and comedians at the Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hanger (performances at these venues are not included with fair admission).  

 

2018 OC Fair Events Calendar

 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday | CLOSED

Wednesday - Friday | Noon to Midnight

Saturday - Sunday | 11:00 am to Midnight

 

Ticket Information

Single Day Admission | Wednesday - Friday

  • General (ages 13-59): $12

  • Senior (ages 60+): $7

  • Youth (ages 6-12): $7

  • Child (ages 5 & under): FREE

  • Purchase tickets HERE!

Single Day Admission | Saturday & Sunday

  • General (ages 13-59): $14

  • Senior (ages 60+): $7

  • Youth (ages 6-12): $7

  • Child (ages 5 & under): FREE

  • Purchase tickets HERE!

Super Pass

  • General (ages 13-59): $40

  • Senior (ages 60+): $33

  • Youth (ages 6-12): $33

  • Click HERE to learn about everything included with the Super Pass!

**Tickets for the OC Fair can be purchased at the links above, through Ticketmaster (online, outlet location, or phone), or at the OC Fair Box Office (10:00 am - 9:00 pm Wednesday-Sunday).

 

Be sure to come on down on Wednesday, August 1st, to show off your community pride during La Habra’s City Day Celebration! Throughout the fair, local towns within Orange County are celebrated on particular days. Don’t miss the raising of the La Habra community flag at 12:30 pm and the national anthem lead by local city representatives as we celebrate our beloved hometown! Be sure to pick up your special $2 discount admission coupon for being an Orange County resident at La Habra’s city hall.

 

The Domis Team wishes everyone in Orange County a happy & safe time at the 2018 OC Fair!

 

Image Credit: OC Fair & Event Center

With the celebrations of the 4th of July upon us, it's important to protect your pets from the stress of Fireworks Displays that will fill the nighttime sky.  Pets are under stress from loud auditory sounds throughout their daily lives;  police cars, ambulances, firetrucks, construction and more.  However, firework displays are far greater in volume than the 120-decibel pain threshold for pets...fireworks are in the 170-decibel range! 

Below are some tips to help alleviate the stress and keep your pets safe:

1. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!

2. Keep them in an interior room to help shield from the exterior noise.

3. Turn on the Television or Radio to add some everyday background noise that can interfere with the loud noises outside.

4. If at all possible, have a family member stay with your pets during this time.  Especially if you have a new pet!

5. Make sure the room you put them in does not have an easy escape route.  The number of pets that try to escape their situation during fireworks increases substantially on the 4th.

6. Check to be sure that your pet has identification tags or is chipped, in case they do escape the home.

7. If you've chosen to have fireworks at your own home, make sure you've cleaned up the debris as it will be toxic for pets...especially when being chewed on.

8. When returning from a fireworks display, try to be calm upon entering your home and keeping loud everyday home noises to a minimum.  

Wishing you all a happy & safe Independence Day!

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